While, for some, September means the start of the new school year and going back to work, for others it is the perfect time to get away for a few days and visit some of the most beautiful places in France. And rightly so: the summer crowds are gradually clearing and the temperatures are still mild for the season, therefore the conditions are just right for getting the most out of (re)discovering the heritage, enjoying some sport or just simply relaxing! And the best thing of all is that it's also much less expensive than in July/August. So, let's set off for our top destinations in France in September. Follow the guide!
Take a holiday in the Vendée for a refreshing breath of air
Where to go on holiday in September? The Vendée, of course! This destination, popular with both families and couples, offers a restful setting for those who want to relax and unwind, a natural environment perfect for water sports and a rich heritage for all those who enjoy history and old buildings. Would you like to find out more? Let's go!
The first spot not to be missed: the beautiful Vendée beaches, said to be the sunniest on the entire Atlantic coast! From La Barre-de-Monts on the Côte de Lumière to Les Sables-d'Olonne, there is something for everyone: fun in the water for children, rest for parents and all those who believe that a holiday should be a chance to relax and unwind, and all kinds of board sports for surfing, sailing and paddleboarding enthusiasts. In the Vendée, the ocean guarantees you a thousand and one adventures!
Another treasure in the Vendée is the island of Noirmoutier. Separated from the mainland by the Passage du Gois, it is a little piece of paradise that can be visited on foot or by bicycle. We would even recommend that you take a bicycle to explore its length and breadth at your own pace! With 40 km of beaches, its rich natural environment, invigorating sea air and tremendous charm never fail to win over the hearts of visitors who come to (re)discover it.
Finally, for those who enjoy a big show, the Puy du Fou, named the "Best park in the world", and its fascinating universe will dazzle you and leave an indelible memory in your hearts and minds.
Take a holiday in the Charente-Maritime for an intensely relaxing experience
Still on the Atlantic coast, the Charente-Maritime is another star destination with holidaymakers in September. In the same way as its neighbour, the Vendée, it has a great deal to offer visitors from all walks of life.
The beaches of the Charente-Maritime have nothing to envy the beaches of south-eastern France: they provide the perfect playground for fun, swimming and deep relaxation, lulled by the soothing sounds of the ocean. At Bonne Anse beach in La Palmyre, not far from La Coubre lighthouse, families will be able to take advantage of the warm and peaceful waters, while couples will enjoy strolling hand in hand as they admire the setting sun.
In the south of the department, La Palmyre Zoo, located in the heart of an 18-hectare pine forest, will amaze young and old alike with the 1,600 mammals, birds and reptiles from 110 different species that can be seen on the site. An opportunity for children to explore the treasures and diversity of the animal kingdom. Another setting and a different atmosphere await you in La Rochelle. With its exceptional cultural heritage, this magnificent city offers an enjoyable seaside getaway for those wishing to enjoy the invigorating sea air.
Next, make your way to the île d’Oléron and the île de Ré, two island gems famous for their salt marshes, which offer all visitors a unique atmosphere conducive to some rest and relaxation. Get on your bike, the perfect method of transport around here, and set off on an adventure! Finally, be sure you don’t leave the Charente-Maritime without having tasted its seafood, especially the oysters and fish!
Visit the Gironde and be truly amazed
Finally, our round-up of French destinations to be enjoyed in September leads us to the Gironde. This region is a mecca for tourists and attracts visitors all year round, starting with its flagship seaside resorts: Arcachon and Cap Ferret. The first is a must for surfers and all those who enjoy having fun in the waves, while the latter is perfect for a leisurely stroll and a meal of oysters in a more stylish and sophisticated setting.
Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice between a walk along the waterside around the Arcachon Bay, a hike up the Dune du Pilat, a stroll in the pine forest, or a tour of the Île aux Oiseaux. Whatever activity you choose, we guarantee that you'll be amazed.
If the beach is not your thing, but you still want to enjoy a restful day and the chance to cool off, Hourtin Lake and Sanguinet Lake are the perfect choice: you will find supervised swimming areas and a wide selection of water sports to choose from, such as sailing, paddleboarding or canoeing. Plenty to satisfy all members of the family!
Camping, the perfect solution for your September holiday
Of course, a last-minute holiday means a last-minute rental! And what better solution than camping? It combines flexibility in terms of dates and great value for money. Camping also means you have a wide range of accommodation to choose from to suit all tastes: traditional mobile homes, pitches, or an original cosy nest such as a lodge, a tree-house or a tepee! And all this without having to compromise on comfort: amazing!